When I started medical school, I assumed that the last of teamwork would be in college. I didn’t realize how wrong I was until the very first week of medical school. I didn’t always enjoy the idea of teamwork because I found myself doing most of the work all throughout grade school and college. I was so nervous that medical school would be the same way, if teamwork were ever involved.
To my surprise, I found that teamwork makes the dream work, especially in medicine. I was quickly reminded that the cream of the crop were chosen, and each of my classmates had something to bring to the table. That’s what made working in a team so much better. We were all on the same level and playing field.
If you think about it, our goal at the end of the day is to improve health care delivery to our patients, and everyone needs to work together to facilitate that process. In fact, more and more medical schools are emphasizing teamwork in their curriculum.
Teamwork will especially be key during rotations. Not only will you be working with your classmates, but you will also be working alongside nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, care coordinators, and other non-physician providers. Being kind and conscious to everyone on the team is important because you can’t do it all alone. Remember, we’re all in this together.
Stay tuned for my next post on how to be a team player. Until next time!